- characteristic or suggestive of tragedy: tragic solemnity.
- extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic: a tragic plight.
- dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal: a tragic event.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of tragedy: the tragic drama.
- acting in or writing tragedy: a tragic actor; a tragic poet.
- the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.: lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Origin of tragic
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Examples from the Web for tragically
Tragically, Cary did not live to complete the second volume, and in 2000 I began work in earnest on this book.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
Her abusive husband tormented their toddler to drive Walters crazy without lifting a finger—and it tragically worked.The Worst Question for Abuse Victims
October 20, 2014
Truly, and tragically, this not-so-secret war between Russia and Ukraine is getting crazier all the time.Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine
August 28, 2014
Tragically, she developed severe postpartum depression, crippling her with near-psychotic ruminations, anger, and guilt.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
Tragically, as we deliberate, another day of preventable carnage will come and go.How Not to Blow Yourself Up on July 4th
July 3, 2014
Coleridge's blossoming period as a romantic poet was tragically brief.The American Mind
It is an irony that they should so tragically have affected others.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
But none of them guessed how tragically it would really end.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
"I think the patient's dead already," answered Aleck, tragically.The Story of the White-Rock Cove
"Let me embrace you," cries Cecil, tragically, flinging herself into her arms.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)
- of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
- mournful or pitiablea tragic face
Word Origin and History for tragically
1540s, "calamitous, disastrous, fatal," shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos "of or pertaining to tragedy," literally "of or pertaining to a goat," and probably referring to a satyr impersonated by a goat singer or satyric actor (see tragedy). Tragic flaw (1913) translates Greek hamartia.